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Summer Reading Assignment

Grades 9 and 10

What are you planning to read this summer?

Summer is almost here, and we know you are excited for all the extra time you will have on your hands. Along with all the other fun things ‘extra time’ means, it also means extra time to kick back, relax, and enjoy a great book.

What is the assignment?

On the bottom of this page, you will see a list of books selected from the College Board’s “101 Great Books to Read before College” list. You will select two books from that list to read, as well as this year’s high school book in common, Shakespeare’s King Lear. You will read all three works throughout the summer and complete three projects (one for each work) as directed on the next page.

I am really busy in the summers, how can I find the time to read THREE books?

 Reading is a great way to relax, and get ready for the day to end. Reading before bedtime is a good way to have daily time to read.

 Carry your books with you! Find time to read in the edges of your life, while waiting at the store, the car wash, for your sibling to get out of their dance/gym/taekwondo/etc. class, while you are with your family running errands…...there are so many times in your life when having a great book with you is just the thing you need!

 Don’t rush to finish, read a little bit every day, and enjoy it!

Book choices for 9th and 10th grade (Pick two):

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Native Son by Richard Wright

Le Morte D’Arthur by Sir Mallory Thomas

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois

Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X with Alex Haley

Remember, you must also read King Lear, by William Shakespeare, in addition to the two books that you choose.

Summer Reading Project: Tic-Tac-Toe

Each student is responsible for completing three activities from the following choices. Your three activities must follow the rules of tic-tac-toe (three in a row). In total, you will have a total of three projects, one for each selected text of your choosing. Your three in a row can be any of three horizontal rows, three vertical columns, or diagonal.

Essay Option 1

Some works of literature are set in time periods other than our own, but their themes, lessons or messages are significant today. From your reading this summer, show how this is true. Identify the theme and the setting in which the work is set. Use specific references to show how the theme is developed in the book and how the lesson is relevant today.

Alternate Ending

Create an alternate ending to the novel. The requirement is 2 pages in length.

Book Trailer!

Prepare a video trailer for your chosen novel. The trailer should be 3-5 minutes long, and a positive presentation of the subject. The trailer must contain original footage, or copyright free media.

Getting Into Character

If you consider yourself an actor or an actress, you might like to take on the persona of a character from your book. Prepare a presentation in which YOU are that character and tell the story of your book from the character’s point of view. Your presentation should be well prepared and you should plan to dress up or include props to enhance your performance.

Piece of Artistic Expression:

If you are artistic or good with your hands, create a painting, sculpture, diorama, or other visual media object connected to your book. You’ll need to write a summary of the book and an explanation of the object and how it connects to the book you just read.

Essay Option 2

Some individuals in literature try to do what they believe is right, even though they face opposition. From your reading this summer, select an individual who tries to do what he or she believes is right, even in the face of opposition. Using specific references from the book, explain what the individual is trying to do and discuss whether or not the character is successful.

Journal Entries

Write your experience throughout the novel. There must be at least 12 entries – ½ page each Questions to consider: 1. How are the characters changing? 2. Write about a personal experience that is similar to one a character is having. 3. Write down a quote or passage that you like and explain why. 4. Make a prediction about what will happen next. 5. What is your opinion of a character’s actions?

Essay Option 3

Consider the gender of the characters. How are men and women characters shown? How does the novel portray their roles in society? Write how gender role affects the plot and character development in the novel.

Creating a CD

Imagine that you have been hired to develop a soundtrack to your book. Find at least ten songs that showcase the book’s themes, settings, emotions, characters, etc. You must include the following with your project: a CD with the songs (if possible), a CD jacket including lyrics and illustrations, and, for each song an explanation of your song choice and how the song relates to your book. You must also include song lyrics in your explanation.

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